EDITORIAL : Article : 10(0) Tracks that Defined the Shejay Decade
10(0) Tracks that Defined the Shejay Decade : (2001-2011)
Submitted by Shejay
(December 17, 2011)
Our favourite 10 tracks of the last 10 years. How do you define that? You don't - It's like choosing a favourite child. So after conceding defeat, we added an extra '0' and proceeded to scour our musical memories and literary vaults for 100 tunes that we feel were the most talked about amongst our readers, our crew and championed by DJs from 2001-2011.
The 10 at the top are our stand-out tracks. These ring in our ears the loudest (top 10 tinnitus if you will) as they have made the strongest imprint in our collective musical memories since we started our venture in 2001. The 90 remaining are tracks that we think needed a mention. Ordering them was even harder than picking the 10 stand out tracks, especially since many belong in the top 10. So to do them justice fairly, we have alphabetized them.
From dub step to deep house, from the underground to the mainstream and everything in between, we hope this list has something for everyone. Choosing it was fun & painstaking, exciting & very difficult, as we're sure we left some out. Let us know which ones we forgot - or which heavy hitters would be in your top 100 from 2001-2011. Maybe we can start on a top 1000 mother list for later in the year....
Without further ado, the 10(0) tracks that defined the Shejay decade:
10 JUSTICE FT SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO "We Are Your Friends" Ten Records, 2006 Call it electronic dance or call it electro-pop, love it or hate it - there is no denying that this track was huge. Chances are it made it's way into your playlist or into the humming in your head at some point. You knew the melody and you didn't even know the name or who it was. This is the anthem that brought all the boys to the yard, made the girls go woo hoo, and dragged the indie kids out of the woodwork ... the dancefloor would never be the same again.
9 MYLO "Drop The Pressure" Breastfed, 2004 The pressure certainly did drop when this track exploded into the charts and seemingly on every radio and in every club across everwhere back in 2004. If there was a track to epitomise and define the new found mainstream popularity of 'electro', this was most certainly it.
8 BURIAL "Archangel" Hyperdub, 2007 William Bevans pseudonym Archangel introduces a track that would give crossover credibility to a new term the kids were all over called 'Dubstep'. And not only did the kids love it, but so did everyone else, especially us!
7 M.I.A. "Bucky Done Gun" XL Recordings, 2005 We love M.I.A. Some days more than others, but on the day she dropped this track our hearts leaped from our chests. Paper Planes had nothing on this dancefloor banger....An energetic, get up and move your ass(!), party vibe over 80's Freestyle-like beats with a political message on top....Who else but M.I.A.?
6 SOLU MUSIC FT KIMBLEE "Fade" Solu Music, 2001 The original was a Body & Soul classic that was on heavy rotation by Francois K and probably ever other underground deep house party anywhere. It found its way to mainstream fame with a rework by Hed Kandi. As smooth as you like, this modern soul classic was an unlikely dancefloor mover and had the legs to run for a decade and probably many more to come as we see remixes still pouring through from the likes of superstar Swede Avicii among others. We will always be in love with this track...in the club, on the beach and anywhere...
5 CHASE & STATUS FT PLAN B "End Credits" Mercury, 2001 The release that catapulted Chase & Status onto the world stage. Some may hate on it for being a sell-out but mainstream or not, this track is pure timeless quality..
4 PEACHES "I Feel Cream" XL Recordings, 2009 A close second to 'Fuck The Pain Away' (which would have been in this list if it wasn't released in 2000) - this track shows another side of Peaches...One that's not only a kick ass producer and artist but a decent singer as well. This was one of the first real 'sung' songs she released and it's definitely fair to say she can add another string to her already finely tuned musical bow. The title track of her fifth album was underrated and in retrospect was clearly a blueprint that many future producers would look to for inspiration in creating a 'formula' for this new electronic dance music "craze". Peaches is always ahead of her time. She's been there and done it better.
3 TIGA & ZYNTHERIUS "Sunglasses At Night" International DeeJay Gigolo Records, 2001 Take an 80's synth pop track, remake it into an electro tune right around the time when everyone is jumping on the retro-nostalgic electro bandwagon and what do you get? Instant smash hit. You wanted to hate it as much as you hated Corey Hart's original but the truth was, it was TOO GOOD. This is a track that rode the 'electro' wave better than any other.
2 BOOKA SHADE V. M.A.N.D.Y. "Body Language" Get Physical, 2005 The pivotal underground track that stood out, crossed over and turned house on it's head. Simple, intelligent and that hook that stayed stuck in your brain for days, even after sobering up. Was it minimal? Was it electro? It didn't matter - to us it was and still is pure musical genius.
1 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM "Losing My Edge" DFA Records, 2002 "I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables". "I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars". Nothing defines the last decade better than this track. Nine years later, and it still hasn't lost its edge. Enough said, we'll let it speak for itself....